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Meet the Merchant: Lora Abate' with Team Shear Obsession


This week's "Meet the Merchant" featuring Historic Downtown Bristol business: Team Shear Obsession!

Team Shear Obsession
529 State Street
Bristol, VA 24201
276.696.9795
www.facebook.com/shearobsession

How did Team Shear Obsession come about?
I first opened my salon in downtown Big Stone Gap in 1999 after being a stay at home mom to our 3 children. My business grew rather quickly by hard work and continued education in our industry to be the best we could be. My passion and new ideas kept me going yet always wanting more...In January of 2015 we opened our salon on State Street after leaving our Big Stone Gap location in great hands.

Are you a Bristol native? If not, what brought you to Bristol?
Although not a native of Bristol, I fell in love with it when our oldest son attended and graduated from Virginia Intermont. Fast forward to a beautiful August day in 2014 with unforeseen circumstance I took a wrong turn leaving a business that changed my life and put me on State Street, I was in love , so much so I called a dear friend who urged me to turn around and enjoy the day there. I had my epiphany while enjoying a bagel and coffee at a little place called Mana's. State Street was everything I thought a downtown should be and where at that very moment I knew I should be. I took a huge gamble and great leap of faith and started looking for the perfect spot and an amazing lady who owned it and believed in me. I left my business of 16 years in great hands and with my talented daughter by my side and some amazing support from my dear clientele from BSG we took on Bristol by storm and have been humbled by the welcome we've received from the natives. The music alone makes the atmosphere contagious and I'm blessed to be a small part of the merchants downtown.

Tell us about your family! Kids? Dogs? Cats?
My husband and I have raised three wonderful children. Our oldest son Aaron works in accounting at UNC and resides in Hillsborough with our granddaughter Zoey who is 3.
Our middle son Dominick currently attends King University in Bristol and graduates in December with a degree in political science. He also works at the old farm and Quaker steak and Lube with an internship at the YWCA.
Our youngest Kristen is my right hand and has grown into an amazing hair stylist and is a national educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems, educating fellow stylists in surrounding states.
My husband is retired from the hotel, food & beverage industry with background in owning and operating his own cafe' in downtown BSG complete with local musicians in an unplugged atmosphere. We have two dogs Tootles and Carolina.

Outside of your business, what are your other passions?
My passion outside of work is good food great music and family get togethers. Playing with our granddaughter is my fave!

Bristol Favorites
Favorite Bristol Restaurant: Whiskey Rebellion
Outdoor/recreation spot: my favorite thing to do outdoors is to simply sit at any restaurant on State with outdoor tables and take it all in. Bristol is a great place to just be
Lunch spot: Eatz and Bank Street. Although you can't go wrong with any of the great food on State!
Sweet Tooth: My sweet tooth is always satisfied with Southern Churn and Blackbird.



Downtown Bristol Events

Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol

June 16–25 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Theatre Bristol is pleased to present its production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast on June 16-25 at the Paramount Center for the Arts.

Directing Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be highly respected and talented actor/director, Theatre Bristol veteran Glenn Patterson (The Music Man, Les Misérables, Scrooge! The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miracle on 34th Street).

Disney's Beauty and the Beast includes favorite songs with music composed by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, as well as songs by Menken and Tim Rice, with book by Linda Woolverton telling the "tale as old as time" of Belle and the Beast. The production is based on the Academy Award-winning animation and then originally directed by Robert Jess Roth and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Belle's ability to see his heart provides a chance for the Beast's curse to end. The castle inhabitants show their hospitality, inviting Belle to "Be Our Guest" entertaining for their very humanity with humor and beautiful music. Theatre Bristol is pleased to present Disney's Beauty and the Beast as part of its family-friendly 52nd season!

Theatre Bristol's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast will open June 16 and run for two weekends with 7:30 evening and 2:30 pm matinee performances at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets will be available online at the Paramount Center for the Arts website.

Opening night features the "Be Our Guest" 2017 pre-show Gala Event at 6:00 pm, with tickets available for $100 that include the show premiere, supporters of the arts, musical entertainment, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI,www.mti.com.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and now celebrating its 52nd season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to six productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and other performances are on stage at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email info@theatrebristol.org.

PirateFest 2017

June 21 | Boyce Cox Field


Come to PirateFest 2017! Free admission. Fans will get to meet the 2017 Bristol Pirates team, get autographs, new gear, free hotdogs & drinks. We will have kids inflatables, cornhole, and music. #BristolBSB

Hope Griffin

June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Hope Griffin was literally born into music. Surrounded by a musical family, she began singing and performing when she was very young. Hope first got turned onto the idea of writing her own music when she received a guitar at age 17. She attended Carson-Newman University and went on to receive a Bachelors degree in classical voice. It was there that her true flair for songwriting developed. Hope’s drive to perform her original works was launched after winning a songwriters contest in college in 2007. She eventually moved to Asheville, North Carolina where she began introducing her angelic vocals and folky lyrics into the music scene.

Full Moon Jam: Borderline

June 22 | Downtown Center


Border line is a local band that plays all the songs you love to hear and dance to. From some of the newest country and rock hits to the oldies that we all love.

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The City of Bristol Tennessee will host its annual free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 28th. Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

The Diamonds

June 22 | Blackbird Bakery


From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

Ryan Ward

June 22 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Ryan Ward is a talented, eclectic singer/songwriter, with an endless passion for music. He picked up his first acoustic guitar at the age of 8. Today, Ryan has incorporated many styles from artists that range from Lindsey Buckingham, Stephen Stills, to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. Ward started writing songs at the age of 17, but focused more on stylistically solving puzzles with the guitar. Currently, Ward is focused on relaying his message through the vibrations of strings and lyric content.

Harry Potter Anniversary Party for Teens

June 23 | Bristol Public Library


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel by J.K. Rowling, the Bristol Public Library is having a special event for teens. Participants can come make wands, play Quidditch, test their Hogwarts knowledge, try food inspired by the stories, including a butterbeer tasting, and much more! This program is free and open to all teens and will take place in the Teen Space at the main branch of the Bristol Public Library on Friday, June 23 from 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm. No registration is required and costumes are encouraged! For more information call Teen Services at 276-821-6192.

Whiskey Sticks

June 23 | Studio Brew


The Whisky Sticks was formed in 2009; stemming from two other bands (Doc Bonhome and Stormy Monday). Over years of playing in venues around the Tri-Cities area, the members of The Whisky Sticks discovered that they shared an overwhelming amount of musical influences, abilities, and aspirations. Naturally, an inevitable gravitation materialized among the band fellows, centered around each member’s mutual affinity for musical enjoyment, experimentation, refinement, and performance.

Indighost

June 23 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Indighost is a psychedelic rock band from the Appalachian Highlands area. The band is known for their stunning live visuals, dirty guitar tones, catchy melodies, and vocally driven concert experience. Indighost is electric-fuzz-magic; with heavy grooves and cosmic riffs conjured from the ether like a strange wind uncovering the spires of a forgotten temple.

The Casual Word Community Type-In

June 24 | Bristol Public Library


The Community Type-In is an all-day event to celebrate and encourage the creativity of the human mind through words. This free-to-the-public event is open to people from all walks of life to come in and try out both typewriters and writing in general. Tell stories, write poetry, articles, essays; anything that you feel needs to be put to paper. Enjoy engaging with other individuals and “unplugging” from the digital world. All are welcome!

Before the Storm

June 24 | O'Mainnin's Pub


With two talented guitarists, three part harmonies, and a tight rhythm section Before the Storm will play that song you love from the 90's and 2000's. Or even last week.

New Church Start-up Service w/ Dave & Mia

June 25 | Bank Street


Dave & Mia (the husband-wife-team behind the rock band Gretchen) will be doing a few songs and leading worship for a new church start-up meeting for only the 2nd time this Sunday.
If you are in the Bristol area, you are invited to join Dave, Mia, and pastor Brent Stuart for worship, fellowship, and Word.

Celebrate Bristol presents Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration

July 4 | Downtown Bristol


Celebrate Bristol along with Border Bash invites you to enjoy a Star-Spangled 4th of July celebration! Event to be held rain or shine!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 Schedule:

3:00 PM: Parade Line-up on Morrison Blvd.

5:00 PM: Bristol's Independence Day Parade — State Street

6:00 PM: Events in Cumberland Square Park including:

  • Special Recognition of all Veterans
    Presented by Danny Hill
  • Family Fun Events in the Park
    Inflatables, “Eating Contests”, and much more.
    Food, Beverage, and Craft Vendors Available for Purchase
  • Free Watermelon
    Sponsored by Kroger
  • Free Bag of Potato Chips
    Sponsored by Shearers

6:30 PM: Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race
Cumberland Square Park/Beaver Creek Basin

Border Bash Concert

  • 7:00 PM: Fritz & Co.
  • 8:30 PM: Virginia Ground

Fireworks begin at 10pm! Bring and blanket and enjoy the show!

Community Notice Board

BCMM to Host Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit "Things Come Apart"

July 15 — October 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be hosting the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service's exhibit "Things Come Apart" from July 15 to October 8, 2017. Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, this exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. Images of dozens of objects explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. For example, the individual components of a record player, a Walkman, and iPod illustrate the technical changes in sound reproduction over the years. As a visual investigation of design and engineering, "Things Come Apart" also celebrates classic examples of industrial design like the sewing machine, the mechanical pencil, and the telescope. Additionally, the exhibit explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling.

The exhibit embraces key STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts and provides an ideal environment for hands-on experimentation, tinkering, and creative makerspaces. Through support from the Smithsonian Women's Committee, "Things Come Apart" includes three hands-on Activity Kits Created by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation's SparkLab.Schools are invited to contact the Birthplace of Country Music at education@birthplaceofcountrymusic.orgor 423-573-1927 to find out more about booking school visits to the exhibit.

The museum will also be hosting several educational and engaging programs to go along with the "Things Come Apart" exhibit—keep an eye on the events calendar at www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.orgfor details on these programs.

"Things Come Apart" is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

Also Coming Up

Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol
June 16–25 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
PirateFest 2017
June 21 | Boyce Cox Field
Hope Griffin
June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Full Moon Jam: Borderline
June 22 | Downtown Center
The Diamonds
June 22 | Blackbird Bakery
Ryan Ward
June 22 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Harry Potter Anniversary Party for Teens
June 23 | Bristol Public Library
Whiskey Sticks
June 23 | Studio Brew
Indighost
June 23 | O'Mainnin's Pub
The Casual Word Community Type-In
June 24 | Bristol Public Library
Before the Storm
June 24 | O'Mainnin's Pub
New Church Start-up Service w/ Dave & Mia
June 25 | Bank Street
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
June 25 | Boyce Cox Field
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
June 26 | Boyce Cox Field
Birdwatching for Beginners
June 27 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
June 27 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
June 27 | Boyce Cox Field
Redleg Husky
June 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Dave Mason: Alone Together Again
June 29–30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Birds
June 29 | Bristol Public Library
Full Moon Jam: Hillbilly Bad
June 29 | Downtown Center
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
June 29 | Blackbird Bakery
AACA Antique Car Show — Patriotic
June 30 | Downtown Bristol
Bluesman & the Blues Essentials
June 30 | Studio Brew
Celebrate Bristol presents Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
July 4 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: Fritz & Co.
July 4 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 4 | Boyce Cox Field
Border Bash: Virginia Ground
July 4 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 5 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Music Memories
July 6 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
July 6 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: World Turning Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
July 7 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 7 | Boyce Cox Field
The Farmhouse Ghost
July 7 | Studio Brew
"How to Kick the Sugar Habit" Workshop
July 8 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Pirates vs. Pulaski
July 10 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Ken Morrell Family
July 11 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: James Meadows
July 13 | Downtown Center
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
July 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Honoring Life Changes: Yoga for Menopause
July 15 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 15 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 16 | Boyce Cox Field
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Pirates vs. Princeton
July 17 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Appalachian Trail
July 18 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Shooter
July 20 | Downtown Center
Dean Dillon
July 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Border Bash: this mountain
July 21 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Annabelle's Curse
July 21 | Downtown Bristol
The Grand Ole Uproar
July 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Country Cool Comedy Show
July 22 | Paramount Center for the Arts
An Acoustic Evening with Patty Griffin & Lee Ann Womack
July 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 24 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Matt Ledbetter Band
July 25 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 25 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Bluefield
July 26 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: WyldeHeart
July 27 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
July 27 | Boyce Cox Field
The Importance of Being Earnest
July 28–30 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
July 28 | Boyce Cox Field
Below 7
July 28 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Pirates vs. Greeneville
July 29 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Duty Free
August 1 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Marcus Boyd
August 3 | Downtown Center
Border Bash: My New Favorites
August 4 | Downtown Bristol
Border Bash: Adam Graybeal's Hillbilly Soul
August 4 | Cumberland Square Park
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 6 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 7 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Cedar Valley
August 8 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Danville
August 8 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 9 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Purple Masquerade Prince Tribute Band
August 10 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 10 | Boyce Cox Field
Hot Bristol Night Antique Car Show
August 11 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Pirates vs. Johnson City
August 11 | Boyce Cox Field
Hundred Acres
August 11 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Full Moon Jam: Glen Harlow and Friends
August 15 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam / Food City Family Race Night: Thomas Taylor, Wyldeheart, Shooter
August 17 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 17 | Boyce Cox Field
Shake it Like a Caveman
August 17 | Studio Brew
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 18 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Elizabethton
August 19 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Linda Lay & Springfield Exit
August 22 | Downtown Center
Full Moon Jam: Billy Crawford
August 24 | Downtown Center
Tom Sawyer
August 25 – September 10 | Theatre Bristol
Steele Cookin Band
August 25 | Studio Brew
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 26 | Boyce Cox Field
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
August 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 27 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Kingsport
August 28 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Turkey Creek
August 29 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 29 | Boyce Cox Field
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 30 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Old School Revue
August 31 | Downtown Center
Bristol Pirates vs. Burlington
August 31 | Boyce Cox Field
Full Moon Jam: Southern Countrymen
September 7 | Downtown Center
Friends of 1927 Concert Series: Mike Farris
September 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hundred Acres
September 8 | Studio Brew
Sugar Lime Blue
September 9 | Studio Brew
The Jaystorm Project BRRR After Party
September 16 | Studio Brew
Full Moon Jam: Nightrain Guns n Roses Tribute Band
September 21 | Downtown Center
Comedian Henry Cho
September 23 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Full Moon Jam: Southern 76
September 28 | Downtown Center
Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen w/ Catfish Frye Band
September 29 | Studio Brew
Black Jacket Symphony: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
October 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol

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